The Best time to Visit Patagonia
Patagonia by Season
Wrap up warm because it's cold down here in Patagonia. The region experiences the four seasons at the opposite time to those in the northern hemisphere, with the best time to travel being when it's warmest - i.e. from December to February. In the depths of winter, snowfall and freezing temperatures can make much of Patagonia inaccessible to all but the penguins. To help you choose when to travel, we've split the year into its four seasons:
September to November
As the spring arrives, flowers come into bloom and temperatures increase again after the winter chill, hovering between 3 and 11°C. It can get quite windy in spring, but if you don’t mind the odd cold day it’s a great time to come as you’ll beat the summer influx. This is also a lovely time to get hiking in the Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine, as daytime temperatures are very manageable.
December to February
Bright skies and dry days make summer the best time to visit Patagonia, with temperatures hitting 20°C and averaging 15°C. The whole region should be open too, and with days in the far south reaching 18 hours long, there’s plenty of time to explore. That said, this is the most popular time to come, so make sure you book well in advance.
March to May
As autumn arrives, the crowds disperse and the trees turn lovely shades of gold, making them even more photogenic than usual. This is a lovely time to get outside and explore Patagonia’s national parks, with average temperatures around 10°C, or you could try hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier before the cold days of winter arrive.
June to August
Winters in Patagonia are cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. Snow arrives, turning the landscape white and closing many roads and tourist attractions. All is not lost though, as the ski season starts in earnest (try Cerro Catedral), and some hiking trails remain open. You’ll have them, and the beautiful white mountains, all to yourself.